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Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
for the release of a man the symbol of the civil rights movement. finally he walked out of prison. four years later he was elected south africa's first president. let's examine the man behind the status. our first guest had a strong connection. his grandfather taught mandela and his grandmother visited the south african leader in prison. it's a pleasure to have you here. i know you are the headmaster of the groten school. i'm glad you took time on what must be a hard day, given the family connections you had and you know him yourself. >> thank you for having me, i'm honoured to be here and i thank groten school for allowing me to be here. the man would have loved that. >> tell me about your family and connections to nelson mandela. >> my grandfather taught nelson mandela in college in social anthropology. they belonged to the anc, the same organization. my grandmother was also a political leader within the anc. >> and your grandmother then also was close to him and visited him in prison, and nelson mandela wrote her. >> several times, and my grandmother would write back. she told me she wrote
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 10:00pm EST
of his skin was the main driver for nelson mandela as it was for civil rights leader here in the united states. there is a join and conjunction there. i think people in this country as dr. hill points out, had a special afint afinty for nelson mandela. >> you saw that, dr. hill, first hand. your organization transafrica played a pivotal role in the anti-apartheid movement. was mande mandela here in greatt to say "thank you" to the united states? >> yes he was here to say, "thank you" he had a very important agenda to present himself and the african national congress as kind of a political configuration that could assume state power and lead the nation through the non-apartheid era. that was a very important aspect to his visit. equally as important, however, was to have the kind of public support for mr. mandela and the organization and the public content and to have that public support that would out weigh the notion that they were. >> he himself said he didn't want to be known as a saint sai. if we go too far in bea beatifyg him that the message will be lost. we always have to be conc
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 10:00pm EST
of civil rights movement. finally, he walked out of prison, to thunderous applause. four years later he was elected south africa's first black president. let's exam the man behind that status. our first guest had a strong personal connection to nelson mandela. he taught him and his grandmother visited the south african leadner prison. he joins us from massachusets, really a pleasure to be with you. thank you for joining us, i know you are the headmaster of the great tan school, and really very glad that you took time on what must be a hard day for you, given how many family connections you have and the fact you knew him yourself. >> thank you for having me, and i thank god for letting me live to come here. so i think the man himself would love -- ould have loved for me to be here. >> now, tell me about your family and the connections? >> mandela was a man of humility, so it is hard to talk about my family. my grandfather taught nelson mandela in college. they belonged to the same organization the a.n.c. my grandfather was also a political leader within the anc. my grandmother -- yes, go
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 10:00pm EST
and miley cyrus is what we are most obsessed with, we may as well pack up this se civilization experiment right now. but it doesn't measure what we are most obsessed with or what we care most about in our lives. i would say most people care most about their spouses, families, children, but they are not doing web searches on those that they really love. there are people who want to know what becomes of their loved one after they die. what is in store with us for the rest of eternity? you don't go to the internet to answer those questions. when you say, hey, kelly is on crunches today, you know you can get that answer there are certain types of questions that the internet is good for getting answers to. but they don't mean -- it doesn't mean these are the things we are most interested in because at a time things we are most interested in are things the internet doesn't necessarily give to us. >> as you did these lists, as you put them together, do you think about people who were less popular this year than last year? are there some winners, some losers? >> there are always a few winners and
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 1:00am EST
at a grass roots level struggling for civil rights and equality. he was seen as a down to earth person. when we talk about ordinary people in china, how did they perceive him? >> very much so. there are a number of comments on social media we are reading here going behind the normal tributes, getting into controversial areas, political criticism of current conditions in china. there are dissending voices arguing that the kind of things that nelson mandela fought for throughout a lifetime of struggle, social political process - some are in existence in china. there are people who identify with his struggle. we saw a comment saying that what china lacks right now is any kind of leader with nelson mandela's integrity. from another here, someone quoted on wavo, the chinese version of twitter. someone expressing the wish that there would be a chinese nelson mandela, someone that could bring about the chance that south africa won't through. >> how do you categorise the relationship between chinese and south african leaders? there's a lot of investment in african countries by china, some of which
Search Results 0 to 6 of about 7 (some duplicates have been removed)